Majors & Programs

Mechanical Engineering

New Program for Fall 2023

Degrees Offered: BS

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Mechanical Engineers design diverse systems, processes, and devices that help improve the health, happiness, and safety of our everyday lives.

Mechanical Engineering is an evolving discipline that adapts to the current needs of society. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal systems, sensors, and devices.

Mechanical Engineering is one of the most versatile engineering degrees and can encompass a focus across a wide range of topics, including environmental sensor design, air pollution control, sustainable power systems design, mechanical and electro-mechanical machine design, fluid handling systems, HVAC and building systems design, and food processing.

Due to the variety of fields relevant to this profession, the undergraduate program covers areas in dynamics, materials, thermal/fluids, vibrations, controls, computer aided engineering, design, and manufacturing. Areas of advanced coursework and research could include advanced energy systems, sustainable energy systems, biosensors, computational modeling, and sustainable manufacturing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Students will be able to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Students will be able to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • Students will be able to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • Students will be able to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • Students will be able to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


Potential career pathways for Mechanical Engineering graduates include jobs in private practice, government, corporate and industrial organizations, the non-profit sector, and research and development. Mechanical engineers are hired to work in many energy and thermal systems applications and mechanical systems - including design, control, production, analysis, and maintenance of systems such as HVAC, engines, robots, and power plants to name a few.

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Degrees & Requirements

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Eileen Cashman, Professor and Department Chair of Environmental Resources Engineering